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How to change Safari background on iOS 16

change safari background ios 16

Safari gets some interesting new features with iOS 16 that should give users a better handle on the built-in browser like improved Tab Group, Extension Syncing, and a more detailed Focus Filters inclusion. Still, most things that we know and like about this classic browser are still there. A great little option that came with iOS 15 allows you to set custom Safari backgrounds. If you were wondering how to change the Safari background on iOS 16, we provided a short explanation below.

How do I get a custom Safari background?

If you didn’t choose a particular Safari background wallpaper, the app will default to white or gray/black (gray/black with Dark Mode and white with Light Mode). You can change the generic white/gray Start Page theming with a few pre-installed colorful backgrounds or maybe get your own image to make it more personal.

Sadly, if you dislike that the Tab Screen keeps the blurred background from Home Screen/Lock Screen wallpaper, the only option you have is to change the Home Screen wallpaper. This integration is a bit buggy, but we hope that future iOS updates make it more uniform and reliable. On a slightly related subject, you can’t use Live Wallpapers on Home Screen with iOS 16.

Back to Start Page backgrounds. Everything you need is tucked in under the Edit button you’ll usually find on Start Page. Once there, you have a variety of tabs to enable or disable and, at the bottom, the Background Image option. If you disable Background Image, Safari will stick to the dark/white theme.

On the other hand, if you enable it, there are 9 stock wallpapers you can choose from. In addition, if you tap on the Plus icon, you get to add your own photos stored on the iPhone and set any of them as a Safari Start Page background.

Here’s how to change Safari background on iOS 16 in a few simple steps:

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Tap Edit on Start Page. You might need to open a New Tab.
  3. Then enable Background Image.
  4. Choose from one of the available images or add your own image as the background.change safari background ios 16


You can download any image and set it as the background to add a personal touch to your web-browsing experience. It’s a small nuanced thing but a welcomed one, especially if you use Safari a lot. With that said, we can conclude this article. Thank you for reading and feel free to reach out to us in the comments section below. We always look forward to hearing from you.


You can remove the Safari background in Safari > Start Page > Edit. Just disable Background Image.

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Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Managing editor at Mobile Internist. @lemmingspain My fascination with mobile technology, particularly Android and iOS, began years ago and continues today. I'm captivated by the constant evolution in the smartphone industry and its impact on our daily lives, always anticipating the next big innovation. That’s the main reason why I found myself writing instructive content on the subject for users who are not as familiar with all the bells and whistles.
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